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Honors Convocation, retirement recognition, held April 7
April 7, 2009 --
The Faculty Honors Convocation at Arkansas State
University-Jonesboro took place Tuesday, April 7, in Centennial Hall, in
the Reng Student Services Center/Student Union. A reception for retiring
faculty began at 3:30, and the recognition of these emeriti faculty,
along with the presentation of the Arkansas State University Board of
Trustees Faculty Achievement Awards and the Outstanding Academic
Advising Award took place at 4 p.m.
Dr. G. Daniel Howard, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research,
formally recognized the retiring faculty members, Dr. Larry Dale,
professor of economics, Department of Economics and Finance, College of
Business; Mr. Richard Jorgensen, professor of music, Department of
Music, College of Fine Arts; Dr. Whitney Williams,
chair and associate professor of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, College
of Nursing and Health Professions; and Dr. William Wyatt, professor of
Chemistry, Department of Chemistry and Physics, College of Sciences and
Mathematics. The deans of the retirees’ colleges also made remarks, as
did ASU chancellor, Dr. Robert Potts. Dr. Louella Moore, professor of
accounting and president of ASU’s Faculty Senate/Faculty Association,
presented plaques to the retiring faculty.
The Outstanding Academic Advising Award and the ASU Board of Trustees
Faculty Achievement Awards for Teaching, Professional Service, and
Scholarship, are presented each spring to four faculty members who have
demonstrated unusually significant and meritorious achievement in
advising, teaching, professional service, and scholarship.
The Outstanding Academic Advising Award recipient was Dr. Richard K.
Freer, associate professor of Social Work, College of Nursing and Health
Professions. This award was presented by Melissa Jackson, advisor,
Office of Advisement Services, and Dr. Lynita Cooksey, associate vice
chancellor for Academic Services and dean of University College. The
Outstanding Academic Advising Award is based upon a faculty member’s
demonstration of strong interpersonal ability, availability, and a
caring, helpful attitude toward advisees, faculty, and staff, as well as
a mastery of institutional regulations, policies, and procedures.
Following the presentation of the Outstanding Academic Advisement Award,
Dr. G. Daniel Howard presented the Faculty Achievement Awards for
teaching, professional service, and scholarship.
Brown, Dr. Gregory Hansen, Dr. Catherine Reese, and Dr. Richard K. Freer
with their awards.
The Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching recipient was Dr. Catherine
Reese, associate professor of Public Administration, Department of
Political Science, College of Humanities and Social Sciences. This award
for excellence in teaching is based upon unusual effort devoted to
ensuring the quality of the students’ classroom learning experience;
possession of high scholarly standards for both the rigor and the
currency of course content and for the level of student performance with
respect for these standards; and measurement of the faculty member’s
direct impact on and involvement with students.
The Faculty Achievement Award for Professional Service recipient was Dr.
Gregory Hansen, associate professor of English and Folklore, Department
of English and Philosophy, College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
This award for excellence in professional service is based upon
contributions of exceptional merit and importance to department,
college, and university committees, undertakings, projects, programs,
student organizations, and services; contributions of exceptional merit
and importance to academic and professional organizations as evidenced
by offices held, editorships, reports, committee assignments completed,
and other organizational responsibilities and roles; and contributions
of professional expertise to individuals, groups, organizations and
corporations through workshops, services, consulting, in-service
training, and other activities.
The Faculty Achievement Award for Scholarship recipient was Dr.
Christopher Brown, professor of Economics, Department of Economics and
Finance, College of Business. This award for excellence in scholarship
is based upon the publication (or conditional acceptance) of one or more
particularly high-quality, original, and scholarly contributions by a
nationally recognized, refereed professional/academic journal, juried
exhibition, or other professional outlet; additional evidence of
scholarly merit, including refereed scholarly activities of lesser
stature such as presentations in regional journals or exhibits, or
refereed papers read to professional organizations; and the potential
significance of these contributions to enhance the effectiveness of the
subject content in the classroom.
Photos, from top:
Dr. Larry Dale, right, and Professor Richard Jorgensen with their
winners of the Faculty Achievement Awards for scholarship, service, and
teaching, and the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award take stock
immediately after the ceremony.